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'Prime Suspect' steady, 'Charlie's Angels' down in Thursday ratings

Prime Suspect

(NBC)

The new fall TV series demolition derby on Thursday nights put dents in a few freshman shows. Here are the highlights:

– Hopes for the salvation of ABC’s Charlie’s Angels (5.9 million viewers, 1.2 adults 18-49 rating) dimmed again. The she-spies were down 20 percent and it was the lowest-rated show on a major network.

– NBC’s Prime Suspect (4.9 million, 1.5) did not drop. Didn’t grow either, but at least the number remained steady. Perhaps the show can climb in the coming weeks, aided by repeats airing on Monday nights in the old Playboy Club slot.

– Fox’s The X Factor (11.2 million, 3.8) continued to perform steadily. Though we expected more from Simon Cowell’s latest competition series, you sure can’t say viewers are losing interest.

– CBS’ Person of Interest (11.5 million, 2.5) slipped a slight 7 percent. Though this is still considered a fair rating, the show is in fourth place in its time period. New comedy lead-in How to Be a Gentleman (7.8 million, 2.5) did the exact same thing, except was stronger ranked, in second place, in its 8:30 p.m. slot. And if you wanted, you can go back further to Big Bang Theory (13.6 million, 4.4) dipping 10 percent – while ranking as the night’s top-rated show.

– NBC’s new comedy Whitney (4.9 million, 2.3) slipped 8 percent, echoing its Office (5.7 million, 3.1) lead-in falling 11 percent.

– After climbing a promising tick last week, The CW’s Secret Circle (2 million, 0.8) slipped down a notch again. Lead-in Vampire Diaries (2.6 million, 1.2) didn’t help by falling 14 percent.

And so, overall: Fox had the highest average rating. CBS was second, with The Mentalist (12.9 million, 2.7) edging up a tenth at 10 p.m. and winning the hour. ABC was third, with Grey’s Anatomy (8.5 million, 3.0) down 17 percent to a series low and Private Practice (6.2 million, 2.2) off 21 percent. NBC’s other comedies dipped: Community (3.4 million, 1.5) down 17 percent and Parks (4.1 million, 1.9) off 10 percent.

Originally posted October 7 2011 — 11:20 AM EDT

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